For more than two generations, the Antinori family has served as the faithful steward of one of Italy’s most historic and influential properties: The Tenuta Principe Alberico, located just a stone’s throw from Rome’s historic center along the Appian Way. Inspired by his friend Tancredi Biondi Santi, one of the most famous winemakers in Italy at the time, Prince Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi implemented organic farming practices on this legendary farm, which covers roughly 120 hectares. Of those, 21 are planted to vine, including a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and — perhaps most surprisingly — Sémillon that the prince planted in the late 1940s. At the time, the word “organic” as we know it today did not even exist in Italian (or English, for that matter). As the country was recovering from the destruction of the world war, most Italian farmers, including grape farmers, were converting their estates to highly productive chemical-based agriculture. But the prince stayed true to his vision and today is considered a pioneer of organic grape farming in Italy (some would even say he was a precursor of natural wine because of his interest in spontaneous fermentation). The Antinori sisters — Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, the prince’s granddaughters — carry on this tradition and have expanded the historic plantings using cuttings from the very vines their grandfather planted and farmed himself.
Did you know?
The historic Tenuta Principe Alberico was founded after WWII by Prince Boncompagni Ludovisi, one of the pioneers of organic farming in Italy. Today, it is run by his granddaughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, whose father Piero Antinori — one of the greatest Italian winemakers of all time — married the prince’s daughter.